May. 1st, 2009 09:35 am
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The radio station we play at work (The Mountain, for the locals) is pretty decent. Sure, they play a few very annoying songs over and over, and then occasionally they bust out the Sublime and I want to throw things at the radio... But overall they're pretty unoffensive and occasionally even play things that I like.

Well, they also have all these recordings that the radio has done in their "lounge" so occasionally they'll have something that utterly confuses me - like the acoustic version of Plush - and I'll spend a minute thinking "I know this song... but it sounds so different..." (Incidentally, they also had a different acoustic version of About A Girl!)

Well... the other day one of these songs came on where I thought "I swear I know this song, but it sounds way different!" and it was, of course, the original version of Wicked Game by... Chris Isaac, right? In any case, it was not the HIM version I was expecting. Then I felt sort of silly.
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OK, is it wrong that I find it totally hilarious that the library, in their section for recommended books for teens, actually has a separate section for "Vampires"? Just look here. Hee hee!

So, speaking of books, I picked up two I had on hold at the library today, and I requested one more that my aunt recommended to me the other night from PaperbackSwap (as well as had a request for one more book I was trying to get rid of!) Yay!

So, there's the question... What book do you think I should read?
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I saw this place a while back, in fact I think I might have told you. [ profile] snarfywarning, this one's for you!



This Mexican place is just down the street, and makes me think of you every time I see it. :)
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When I moved in to my apartment there was a rather cute new little fridge. Sadly it was also a non-functional little fridge.


As I said before, my apartment manager had called and this morning I got a bright and shiny (and BIG!) new fridge:


The fridge delivery guys were very worried that it wasn't going to fit, but amazingly it did (just barely!) and the door even opens.

Then this evening I went out with [ profile] hibrian for dinner at a cute vegetarian Thai place in Wallingford called Jhanjay. After that we went on a big Target run where I bought many necessary things for my apartment, including a little desk chair. I came home, put it together, and started talking to MJ on Skype.

Apparently Java was tired and decided that my [ profile] snarfywarning-twin socks in progress were an excellent pillow.


Too cute! She's settled down since the scary fridge delivery guys this morning.
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So, I'm at Starbucks knitting socks. Sadly I forgot my headphones, so I'm forced to overhear this awful know-it-all girl go off on everything from the Brazillian culture to temporary pastors at her church to the ease of dancing in the '60s. Apparently to dance to the rock music of today you need lots of practice. Also you only have to nod "like a bobblehead". Wow, that sounds so difficult freak girl. I'm glad I overheard you so I can learn how to dance to my 'modern rock music' :P

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My lovely sister [ profile] meli88 taught me this Greek expression, which has now been getting liberal, and only occasionally appropriate, usage around the house.

My best explanation is thus:

Your ex (or something similar, at any rate someone you are not currently involved with but perhaps were in the past) suddenly decides that they really *do* like / love / want you and decides to contact you. This often occurs late at night, when they are drunk, or both. In my experience it is more likely to occur near the holidaze or your birthday, especially if you haven't heard from said person recently. The kicker is that it is almost always ill-advised and often even the person who has the flash doesn't have the same feelings in the morning / when they sober up.

Apparently when someone makes this sort of contact, the Greeks say they "had a flash". I have tried to use it as a verb, but "flashing" someone just doesn't have the same meaning. ;)

Sadly I have never had a flash. I have been on the receiving end of flashes many a time, and primarily from two people in particular. Sometime I would like to have a flash, but I don't think it counts if it's planned and also the only person I would currently try it on will most likely have a flash of his own sometime this week, so maybe I should just wait.

Then in a car "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence came on and I realized that this too is a song about someone having a flash. :)

Just figured I should share this piece of brilliance with all of you.
stariel: (everafter)
My interview on Wednesday went well and I got an email about another job prospect, so hopefully I'm on the way to being here permanently.

The promised snowstorm made it to Seattle last week, well slightly. Where I was there was about 1/2", although other parts of the city and surrounding areas got more. But even early Sunday morning the roads were ok. Today it is just cold and sunny and beautiful, almost in a Boston sort of way.

I'm taking the train down to Oregon to start the holiday festivities with the family. It seems that Oregon got hit with the snow much worse than Seattle did, and there's still snow, including about 3" of iced over stuff on the roads.

My Seattle trip was more successful this time, I got to see a few friends and do a lot of fun activities and meet some newer friends as well. I was killing time in Weaving Works while hanging out in the U-district and ran into a girl I know from sock camp two years ago, which was unexpected but lovely. She was one of my favorite people from camp, and didn't make it this year and probably won't make next year either.

Then while wandering downtown with my aunt yesterday I ran into a fellow Terry 10 inhabitant from the college days. I haven't seen or spoken to her in ages, but it was nice to get a chance to say hi.

And my aunt and I rode the carousel! I didn't get my favorite horse (black with a blue mane and tail) because some little 2 year old stole it out from under me ;) but I got to ride a purple horse so it was ok.

All in all a good trip up, and hopefully one I won't be having to make as a "trip" very soon.
stariel: (happystar)
Today my little sister [ profile] meli88 is no longer a teenager. (I know, how sad!)

Happy Birthday [ profile] meli88, hope you're having a great day!
stariel: (rock out)

Questionable Content talks about Metal Steve from Diesel Sweeties... plus, Opeth! How could I resist?
stariel: (everafter)
Any exciting plans?

Tonight I'm going to see a Dracula ballet with my mom! Still have to figure out what to wear.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween!


Oct. 30th, 2008 07:14 pm
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I'm trying out the lj app for iPhone... Seems to be working!

Just started reading The Poisonwood Bible while sitting at Starbucks and trying the salted carmel hot chocolate... Yum!

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Ok, [ profile] orionnebula and [ profile] grateblue2, I give in.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Grace!


You are a Grace -- "I need to understand the world."

Graces have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

psychoanalysis behind the cut )
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I *think* I'll be around this week for a bit (probably starting Monday night or Tuesday). Still working out details on exactly when and where, but if you want to hang out let me know. :)
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Imagine my surprise to find the headlines today stating "Palin, Biden agree on gay rights at debate".

Um... what?!? Was anyone even listening to what they said? It was very clear to me watching that they did not agree at all. Sure, they both said they wouldn't support gay marriage. The fact is that even if they did support gay marriage, it would be political suicide to say it. No candidate is going to say "Yeah, I think gay marriage is great let's have it!". But there was a major difference in what they *did* say.

Why don't we take it from the candidates themselves?

IFILL (moderator): The next round of -- pardon me, the next round of questions starts with you, Sen. Biden. Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?

BIDEN: Absolutely. Do I support granting same-sex benefits? Absolutely, positively. Look, in an Obama-Biden administration, there will be absolutely no distinction from a constitutional standpoint or a legal standpoint between a same-sex and a heterosexual couple... (cut off here by me)

PALIN: Well, not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. And unfortunately that's sometimes where those steps lead.

Hmm... does that sound like a big fat NO to anyone else? Of course then she goes on to talk about her gay friends and how tolerant she is. And then...

But in that tolerance also, no one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties.

So basically, Biden is suggesting granting the same constitutional benefits to gay couples without redefining the definition of marriage. Palin doesn't want to but she's "tolerant" and wouldn't do anything to prohibit hospital visitations (she wouldn't have to, the rules are already in place) or contracts being signed.

To me, that doesn't seem at all like they agree.

The full transcript of the debate is here.
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Today I went to Silver Falls state park and hiked to some waterfalls. One of the great things about the PacNW is that you *can* hike through woods to beautiful waterfalls after a short drive!


The first waterfall we went to was the 177 foot "South Falls". It was a bit of a hike and we walked on the trail down behind the waterfall (you can see some people in the background there in the picture) and then around the front to a little bridge where I took this picture.

Next we headed to the smaller "Upper North Falls" - very descriptive names, huh?


And last but not least, my mom and I thought this sign was funny:


music meme

Sep. 4th, 2008 07:55 pm
stariel: (rock out)
Apparently 2000 was a pretty crummy year for music. I think there's a reason my musical taste is stuck in 1996. Also I don't even remember most of these songs well enough to hate them! I'm just leaving that alone. You can assume I hate anything in the rap / R&B / hip hop / boy band / annoying pop generes. ;)

The rules:

A.) Go to
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don’t remember (or don’t care about)

1. Breathe, Faith Hill
2. Smooth, Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
3. Say My Name, Destiny's Child
4. I Wanna Know, Joe
5. Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon
6. Maria Maria, Santana Featuring The Product G&B
7. Bent, Matchbox Twenty
8. Amazed, Lonestar
9. I Knew I Loved You, Savage Garden
10. He Wasn't Man Enough, Toni Braxton
11. Higher, Creed
12. Try Again, Aaliyah
13. There You Go, Pink
14. Thong Song, Sisqo
15. Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down
16. Jumpin Jumpin', Destiny's Child
17. What A Girl Wants, Christina Aguilera
18. Doesn't Really Matter, Janet
19. Music, Madonna
20. Back At One, Brian McKnight
21. Bye Bye Bye, 'N Sync
22. You Sang To Me, Marc Anthony
23. I Need To Know, Marc Anthony
24. Get It On Tonite, Montell Jordan
25. Incomplete, Sisqo
26. I Try, Macy Gray
27. It's Gonna Be Me, 'N Sync
28. That's The Way It Is, Celine Dion
29. (Hot S**T) Country Grammar, Nelly
30. Bring It All To Me, Blaque
31. Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely, Backstreet Boys
32. Hot Boyz, Missy Elliott Featuring Nas, EVE & Q-Tip
33. Back Here, BBMak
34. It Feels So Good, Sonique
35. Absolutely (Story Of A Girl), Nine Days
36. With Arms Wide Open, Creed
37. Be With You, Enrique Iglesias
38. Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You), Christina Aguilera
39. No More, Ruff Endz
40. All The Small Things, Blink 182
41. The Way You Love Me, Faith Hill
42. I Turn To You, Christina Aguilera
43. Never Let You Go, Third Eye Blind
44. I Need You, LeAnn Rimes
45. Thank God I Found You, Mariah Carey Featuring Joe & 98 Degrees
46. Let's Get Married, Jagged Edge
47. My Love Is Your Love, Whitney Houston
48. Then The Morning Comes, Smash Mouth
49. Blue (Da Ba Dee), iffel 65
50. Desert Rose, Sting Featuring Cheb Mami
51. The Real Slim Shady, Eminem
52. Most Girls, Pink
53. Wifey, Next
54. Wonderful, Everclear
55. Oops!... I Did It Again, Britney Spears
56. I Wanna Love You Forever, Jessica Simpson
57. Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche ), 98 Degrees
58. Take A Picture, Filter
59. Otherside, Red Hot Chili Peppers
60. Big Pimpin', Jay-Z Featuring UGK
61. Purest Of Pain (A Puro Dolor), Son By Four
62. He Can't Love U, Jagged Edge
63. Separated, Avant
64. I Wish, Carl Thomas
65. U Know What's Up, Donell Jones
66. Faded, SoulDecision Featuring Thrust
67. Only God Knows Why, Kid Rock
68. Shake Ya Ass, Mystikal
69. Bag Lady, Erykah Badu
70. Meet Virginia, Train
71. Party Up (Up In Here), DMX
72. Case Of The Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do), Mya
73. Forget About Dre, Dr. Dre Featuring Eminem
74. That's The Way, Jo Dee Messina
75. Swear It Again, Westlife
76. The Next Episode, Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Dogg
77. From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart, Britney Spears
78. Crash And Burn, Savage Garden
79. Yes!, Chad Brock
80. The Best Day, George Strait
81. How Do You Like Me Now?!, Toby Keith
82. Where I Wanna Be, Donell Jones
83. My Best Friend, Tim McGraw
84. Broadway, Goo Goo Dolls
85. Dance With Me, Debelah Morgan
86. Don't Think I'm Not, Kandi
87. I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack & Sons Of The Desert
88. Better Off Alone, Alice Deejay
89. What'chu Like, Da Brat Featuring Tyrese
90. Cowboy Take Me Away, Dixie Chicks
91. I Like It, Sammie
92. 24/7, Kevon Edmonds
93. Girl On TV, LFO
94. Bounce With Me, Lil Bow Wow Featuring Xscape
95. What About Now, Lonestar
96. I Don't Wanna, Aaliyah
97. Independent Women Part I, Destiny's Child
98. Shackles (Praise You), Mary Mary
99. Waiting For Tonight, Jennifer Lopez
100. Gotta Tell You, Samantha Mumba

A book meme

Sep. 1st, 2008 07:06 pm
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Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you’ve started but haven’t finished, cross out the ones you hated, and underline the ones on your book shelf! Combine indicators as appropriate.

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert

None are underlined becase, at the moment, I don't have a bookshelf! ;) Many of the ones I haven't read are on my to-read list.

Currently I'm reading Twilight and enjoying it much more than I expected. How do I love thee silly teenage vampire romance novels set in Washington!
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Yesterday was my first real day back in Seattle and I spent it napping to recover from my road trip-lag and going to Bumbershoot with a bunch of MI kids I went to school with. We wandered around a bit, saw a few minutes of These Arms Are Snakes and decided they weren't for us, and saw The Black Keys and Stone Temple Pilots. The STP show was amazing and I was really excited to get to see them for the first time.

Bumbershoot reminded me of how much I love Seattle - the number of freaky people walking around and the number of Tool and Alice In Chains shirts I saw... I am most definitely home. The sun came out for a bit too and the weather was pretty perfect - not too hot and not too cold.

And now I'm here and thinking about getting started with the job hunting, because I need a job and an apartment in Seattle before I can be here all the time and I really want to be here starting now. Starting yesterday.

I'm alive!

Aug. 29th, 2008 11:13 pm
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I'm here in Oregon with the cats and the stuff and we're all doing fine. We unloaded the truck and returned it without incident and I've got a bit settled in. The cats are getting used to the other animals at my mom's place.

It was a crazy few days and I'll post more pictures later.

Tomorrow I'm heading up to Seattle to see friends and go to Bumbershoot on Sunday. But for now... bed.
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We left Sunday morning and headed through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and ended in Barkeyville, Pennsylvania. Monday we headed out of PA and drove through Ohio, Indiana, and ended up in Champaign, Illinois to spend the evening with [ profile] nerdcoop. Today we spent the morning in Champaign and ended up in Walnut, Iowa.

The cats are taking the traveling pretty well, Java likes to sleep at my feet in the truck:


And there's corn everywhere!

Pennsylvania corn:


Ohio corn:


Indiana corn (and sock):


Illinois corn:


And my time with [ profile] nerdcoop in Champaign was totally awesome and we had a blast!


Don't worry, there's still more corn to come.


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